Issue of April 24, 2016
Mt. Province

Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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Courier marks 69 years of Journalism Excellence

As we begin a new chapter with your Baguio Midland Courier, which turns 69 years old with this issue, we reflect on our humble beginnings and how we grew from the time in April 1947 when the founders of this paper printed its four-page letterpress maiden issue.

From a four-page letterpress, this paper has become widely awarded over the decades in recognition for having grown into a model for community newspapers in the country in reflecting the social, political, cultural, and economic concerns of people in the northern highlands.

The paper’s resiliency and longevity in consistently providing a backbone of information on the issues of the day amid the most difficult challenges in the print industry, we owe in large to the countless readers, advertisers and patrons, who stood by us for nearly seven decades.

While we steadily see the shutdown of publication of other newspapers defeated by the challenge of competing with digital media, with the print industry itself declining because of this, the Courier will tirelessly continue to remain a regional publication to be reckoned with in terms of being a credible and balanced source of information, bringing meaningful change by shaping public opinion towards peace and progress in our region.

History will repeat itself in the way the Courier pulled through every crisis, time and again. We will not rest on our laurels especially in this most difficult time with the popularity of digital media hovering over our survival. Looking back, the Courier was the only paper in Northern Luzon that did not cease publication even in the “darkest times” of Martial Law.

Today, we proudly share our modest achievement as the longest and oldest community newspaper in Southeast Asia with uninterrupted publication.

As our anniversary neared, we lost Dr. Charles M. Hamada, our erstwhile publisher and general manager, who is one of the pillars of the fourth estate in Northern Luzon. But his legacy will live on beyond his passing.

Over time, the great legacies of the founders, Oseo C. Hamada and his brother, Atty. Sinai C. Hamada and their successors have become our way of life in fulfilling our role as purveyors of information and in strengthening democracy, good governance, and human development while we keep our leaders accountable for their actions.

A testament to this is the 32-page anniversary spread that comes along with this issue wherein we chose to highlight some of the major issues and concerns affecting the region and its people. This supplement will be our modest contribution to the coming May elections with an end view that whoever will be elected into the halls of power will walk the talk by exercising strong political will in pushing solutions to these decades-long concerns, which we again reflect within our pages for our leaders to dwell on.

And so today, the Courier humbly reflects on the mission and vision laid down by its founders in its pioneering editorial 69 years ago. We shall remain ‘Fair, Fearless, Friendly and Free,’ as we strive hard to meet the public’s expectations to be one of the watchdogs of this ever complex society.

Maraming salamat po.



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